Archive for January, 2014

London Traffic Wardens ‘dirty tactics’

Tuesday, January 28th, 2014

 

The BBC have reported on dastardly ‘dirty tactics’ by London’s much loved and universally admired traffic wardens – I of course find it hard to believe that this could possibly be true of such a fine body of professionals – a bastion of fair play and decency…

 

UK - London - An argument with a wheel clamper during a training exercise where clampers are taught to diffuse a potentially violent situation

UK – London – An argument with a wheel clamper during a training exercise where clampers and traffic wardens are taught to diffuse a potentially violent situation

Holocaust Memorial Day

Monday, January 27th, 2014

 

Rwanda - Ndera - Skulls on the alter of the church at Ndera, Rwanda that is now a national monument to those who were murdered inside by Hutu militias during the 1994 genocide

Rwanda – KigaliĀ  – Skulls on the alter of the church at Ndera that is now a national monument to those who were murdered inside by Hutu militias during the 1994 genocide

National Geographic – Miracle on the Hudson

Tuesday, January 14th, 2014

 

As an increasingly nervous flyer, imagine my delight when I was commissioned last year to work as the still photographer for National Geographic TV’s film about the miraculous emergency landing on the Hudson river by US Airways Flight 1549…

I used to work a great deal for Channel 4 as a stills photographer in the ‘Nineties and early 2000s and there is a specific skill set that you need. You have to be quiet, you have to be quick and on this occasion, you had to be fine with paddling around inside (and outside) a plane submerged in a 3.5 million litre water tank in the middle of a field in the English countryside.

The truth is, on a set like this, you are suddenly the least important figure but you have to make sure that you shout loud enough to get the time and space for what your client needs. In that regard, Simon George the director was utterly charming and was generous with both time and crew. It also isn’t really about pictures that one personally likes because you are trying to make engaging images that will inform the viewer but here are a couple that I liked…

 

UK - Hampshire - Production stills from the making of "Miracle on the Hudson"

UK – Hampshire – Production stills from the making of “Miracle on the Hudson”

Special thanks to picture editor Nicole Cappello for being so lovely on the assignment organisation.

There are more images here but I leave you with an image far scarier than any plane crash…

 

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Tearsheet – Renegade Magazine

Wednesday, January 8th, 2014

 

I’m delighted that one of my images is featured in a new travel magazine called Renegade. It’s small, beautiful and full of interesting stuff. Here’s my double page – an image The Tree of Life in Iraq.

 

Iraq - Basra - Boys climb the tree of Adam at Al Qurnah near Basra. The tre, according to legend marked the Garden of Eden, at the convergence of the Euphrates and the Tigris Rivers

Iraq – Basra – Boys climb the tree of Adam at Al Qurnah near Basra. The tree, according to legend marked the Garden of Eden, at the convergence of the Euphrates and the Tigris Rivers

Happy New Year from Betty

Sunday, January 5th, 2014

 

I’ve been away working a great deal in the last month hence the lack of blog posts – but Betty here – my favourite greyhound – wants to wish you a (rather belated) happy New Year… as do I.

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